Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Jul 23, 2020

LOT 11

Charles Barbezat-Baillot – Le Phare
Large pocket watch, minute-repeater, triple date à guichet (with aperture), moon phases, made for the Russian market; 14K yellow gold

14K yellow gold (56 Zolotniks), hunting-case, keyless-winding, round- shaped, large pocket watch, made for the Russian market, with subsidiary seconds at 6 and six horological complications:
  • Minute-repeater on two steel gongs (activated by the rectangular- shaped push-piece located on the case-band at 12 o’clock)
  • 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the single rectangular- shaped push-piece located on the case-band at 2 o’clock)
  • Half-instantaneous date of the month (subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock)
  • Day of the week (aperture at 9 o’clock; indications given in Cyrillic)
  • Month of the year (aperture at 3 o’clock; indications given in Cyrillic)
  • Phases of the moon (aperture at 6 o’clock)
Case-back and cover polished.
Movement 20’’’, gilded brass, going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, compensated balance with gold poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve.

Brand Charles Barbezat-Baillot , Le Phare, Le Locle

Year circa 1895-1900

Case No. 112 059

Caliber 20’’’, lever escapement

Dimensions Ø 57.4 mm.

Signature cuvette (dome) and movement

Accessories copy of the invention patent

HKD 40,000 - 56,000

CHF 5,000 - 7,000 / USD 5,300 - 7,400


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-70-01

Good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Hairline

HANDS Original


Notes

Movement based on the Swiss invention patent No. 334, delivered on January 8, 1889, to Charles Barbezat-Baillot, Le Locle, for a “Perfectionnements apportés à la construction des mécanismes de répétition pour montres de poche de toutes dimensions” (Improvements to the construction of the mechanisms of repetition for pocket watches of all sizes); this patent includes in particular the centrifugal force regulator to regulate the speed of the repetition mechanism.
Movement based on the Swiss invention patent No. 13 244, delivered on November 18, 1896, to Charles Barbezat-Baillot, Le Locle, for a “Poussette pour montres” (Push-piece for watches).
Charles Barbezat-Baillot, Le Locle
The company “C. Barbezat-Baillot” was founded by Charles Barbezat-Baillot (1847-1938). He was the elder brother of Henri Barbezat-Bôle (1851-1921), the founder of “H. Barbezat-Bôle S.A., Le Locle”.
Charles Barbezat-Baillot is the holder of many invention patents related to watchmaking and registers numerous trademarks: “Trusty”, “Le Phare”, “Dixi”, “Fix Watch Co.”, etc.